Boeing hopes to decide by the end of this year if it will launch its own freighter conversion program for the Boeing 737NG or license the engineering data to a third party for the design work, certification and marketing. But the airframer does not expect the first 737-700 and 737-800 conversions to go to market until 2017 at the earliest. “We think the market will shape itself in the latter half of this decade to make a 737NG program viable,” says Brian Hermesmeyer, marketing director- ...

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